Lee Konitz


Born: 13 October 1927

Years Active: 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 2000

Genres: Jazz

Styles: Cool, Post-Bop, Hard Bop, Modal Music, Modern Creative, Free Jazz

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One of the most individual of all altoists (and one of the few in the 1950s who did not sound like a cousin of Charlie Parker), the cool-toned Lee Konitz has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances and stretch himself, usually quite successfully. Early on he studied clarinet, switched to alto, and played with Jerry Wald. Konitz gained some attention for his solos with Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra (1947). He began studying with Lennie Tristano, who had a big influence on his conception and approach...


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